Peter Popham

Peter is a foreign correspondent and feature writer with The Independent who has done long stretches in Japan, India and Italy.

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Human-rights lawyer Amal Clooney.

Amal Clooney: Making headlines for all the right reasons

The media clamoured to see the global human rights lawyer in action this week. She was simply doing her job

We could find ourselves back in the Europe of our nightmares

World View: Everyone knows what needs to be done but doesn't want to suffer the consequences

Greece is not the only country where the euro vision has fast become a nightmare

The single currency has hollowed out the heart of Italy

Sri Lanka's newly-elected president Maithripala Sirisena leaves after being sworn in at Independence Square in Colombo

Sri Lanka’s change of government was a miracle – now it needs another one

The new president will have to work hard to reunite a divided country

People formed long lines to vote in Colombo, where security was high, and turnout was good in Tamil-dominated areas where voting had been poor in previous elections

Sri Lanka election: Day of reckoning for a once untouchable president who could suffer an unexpected and humiliating defeat

Mahinda Rajapaksa called the poll two years early, confident of an easy win. But he faces losing power to his former ally, Maithripala Sirisena, who has tapped into discontent over cronyism and costly vanity projects

Alexei Navalny, famous as an anti-corruption blogger and as liberal opposition leader,

Alexei Navalny: The greatest threat to Putin

The activist inspires devotion on the streets and fear in the Kremlin. But is he just another autocrat-in-waiting?

Pope Francis kisses the statue of baby Jesus as he arrives to lead the Christmas night mass in Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican

Press attack on Pope Francis is nothing more than Vatican old-timers seeking revenge for Church reforms

Francis has in fact moved very slowly on the issues most dear to liberal Catholics

Honouring the latest victims of terror in Pakistan

Peshawar school attack: When will the majority of Pakistanis stand up to those who think it is OK to kill 130 children?

Ninety per cent of the population are Muslims – not Islamists, but violent intimidation is a frighteningly powerful force

The Taliban fighters who stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, Pakistan on Tuesday, in an image released by the Pakistani Taliban

Peshawar school attack: As the Taliban release pictures of the gunmen responsible, Pakistan takes a new approach to terrorism

PM Nawaz Sharif announces united front across political parties after attack that killed 148. Peter Popham discovers the terrible human costs and analyses the hopes for progress

Police remove one of Hong Kong's 'Umbrella' protesters

Hong Kong's protest camps flowered out of a living tradition of democracy

In 150 years of colonial rule, this speck of south China learnt to embrace the European values that the British brought with them

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It's what you're reclining on that matters
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Dissent is slowly building against the billions spent on presidential campaigns – even among politicians themselves, reports Rupert Cornwell
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